Bird’s ID – Vermillion Flycatcher

Vermillion Flycatcher


The Vermilion Flycatcher  (Pyrocephalus obscurus) is a small passerine bird in the Tyrannidae, or tyrant flycatcher family. Most flycatchers are rather drab, but the vermilion flycatcher is a striking exception. It is a favorite with birders, but is not generally kept in aviculture, as the males tend to lose their vermilion coloration when in captivity.

The vermilion flycatcher is a small bird, measuring 13–14 cm (5.1–5.5 in) in length, with a mass between 11 and 14 g (0.39 and 0.49 oz). It is strongly dimorphic; males are bright red, with dark brown plumage. Females have a peach-colored belly with a dark gray upperside. 

Vermilion flycatchers generally prefer somewhat open areas, and are found in trees or shrubs in savannah, scrub, agricultural areas, riparian woodlands, and desert as well, but usually near water. Their range includes almost all of Mexico; it extends north into the southwestern United States, and south to scattered portions of Central America, parts of northwestern and central South America. It has ranged as far north as Canada.

The flycatchers feed mostly on insects such as flies, grasshoppers and beetles. These are usually taken in mid-air, after a short sally flight from a perch. It is an opportunistic feeder, and has been observed eating small fish.Bees may also be taken as forage. Non-digestible insect parts are regurgitated as pellets.


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15 thoughts on “Bird’s ID – Vermillion Flycatcher

  1. Pingback: Bird’s ID – Vermillion Flycatcher | H.J. Ruiz – Avian101 – Wolf's Birding and Bonsai Blog

  2. Aw, I never tire of Vermilion Flycatchers. One in a Vermilion. (sorry!) They always surprise me, as a little cheeky, even. I think they know how to capture our devoted attention.

    • These birds are very attractive and they are hard to miss when you see them flying from tree to tree, Thanks, Lisa. 🙂

  3. Pingback: Bird’s ID – Vermillion Flycatcher — H.J. Ruiz – Avian101 – PerchSpective

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